wrist

Definitions

  • "He grasped my left wrist."
    "He grasped my left wrist."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wrist a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bernd Eilts, a German artist, turns dried cow manure into wall clocks and small sculptures. He is now expanding his business to include cow dung wrist watches
    • Wrist (Mach) A stud or pin which forms a journal; -- also called wrist pin.
    • Wrist (Anat) The joint, or the region of the joint, between the hand and the arm; the carpus. See Carpus. "He took me by the wrist , and held me hard."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Approximately one out of four injuries by athletes involve the wrist and hand
    • n wrist That part of the fore limb or arm which comes between the forearm and the hand, and by which the latter is joined or jointed to the former; the wrist-joint; technically, the carpus, or the carpal articulation. The wrist is the first segment of the manus, and its skeleton consists in man of seven carpal bones, together with a sesamoid bone (the pisiform) on the ulnar side, these eight bones being disposed in two rows of four each, proximal and distal. The whole set of bones, their articulations with one another and with the radius, ulna, and the several metacarpals, together with the ligaments and other associated soft parts, are included in the term wrist. The motions of the wrist as a whole upon the forearm include all the movements of flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, and circumduction, together with the movements of pronation and supination impressed upon the wrist by the rocking of the radius about the ulna; but the motion of the individual carpal bones upon one another is slight, and that between the distal carpals and the metacarpals is still less. In most other animals than man, the movements of the wrist are more restricted. The term is extended to the corresponding joint of the fore limb of other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Thus the so-called knee of the horse's fore leg is anatomically the carpus or wrist. See carpus, and cuts under hand, pisiform, and scapholunar.
    • n wrist The ankle or the instep.
    • n wrist In machinery, a stud or pin projecting from the side of a crank, wheel, or other moving part, and forming a means of attachment to a connecting-rod leading to some other part of the mechanism. Also called wrist-pin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 54 bones in your hands including the wrists
    • n Wrist rist the joint by which the hand is united to the arm: a stud or pin projecting from the side of a crank
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Quotations

  • Katharine Hepburn
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    “Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.”
  • Charles Wright
    Charles Wright
    “It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past.”
  • Laurence Leamer
    Laurence Leamer
    “The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.”

Idioms

Slap on the wrist - If someone gets a slap on the wrist, they get a very minor punishment when they could have been punished more severely.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wriste, wrist, AS. wrist,; akin to OFries. wriust, LG. wrist, G. rist, wrist, instep, Icel. rist, instep, Dan. & Sw. vrist, and perhaps to E. writhe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wristwríthan, to twist; Ger. rist.

Usage

In literature:

My wrist is not so strong as yours.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Foyle half rose and stumbled clumsily, clutching the other's wrist to save himself.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Like the hand, her wrist was white and well rounded.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
A moment, and the Ranger had slipped and fastened the handcuffs on his wrists.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
The two men were twisting his wrists as if they wanted them to come off.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The latter, startled, drew back, but not in time to prevent Darrin's grip of steel from resting on his right wrist.
"Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service" by H. Irving Hancock
The rider was naked from the waist up, excepting his helmet and plumes, and some ornaments that glistened on his neck, bosom and wrists.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He glanced at the watch on his wrist.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
Dexterously tripping Brick to the floor, he bound his ankles and wrists.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
And he caught the descending wrist; for an instant the two glared into each other's eyes, straining and twisting.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
And his eyes would waver and fall upon his wrists.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
His ankles as well as his wrists were securely tied, so that he was unable to walk.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
She floated toward him noiselessly, bringing the boat's nose this way and that with deft turns of the wrist.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
As he did so Hal's hands touched against the wrists of Private Simms, who lay next to him.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
His ankles as well as his wrists were securely tied, so that he was unable to walk.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
That it was the Englishman's hand I had touched was evidenced by the shirt-sleeve, puckered in at the wrist.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Her breath was gone, and there was a red mark around her wrist where the cord had been.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Pierre reached out suddenly and seized him by the wrist.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The wrist is excellent, sare.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Then she tried to draw her wrists out of his tenacious clutch.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
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In poetry:

He looked at each jagged wrist;
He looked, but he did not speak;
And then he bent down and kissed
Me on either cheek.
"Grand-Père" by Robert W Service
There was a gallant featured youth,
Who like a hero fought;
He kiss'd a bracelet on his wrist,
And every danger sought.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Long I fought the driving lists,
Plume a-stream and armor clanging;
Link on link, between my wrists,
Now my heavy freedom's hanging.
"Prisoner" by Dorothy Parker
The falcon on your wrist shall ride--
Your milk-white Arab side by side
With one of raven-black.--You fain
Would kiss the hand that holds the rein.
"A Southern Singer" by James Whitcomb Riley
She looks at me nor speaks.
Her arms are raised; she seeks
Her fettered hands to show.
On both white wrists a chain!--
She cries and pleads in pain:
"Unbind me!--Let me go!"
"Liberty" by Morris Rosenfeld
I was always a lover of ladies' hands!
Or ever mine heart came here to tryst,
For the sake of your carved white hands' commands;
The tapering fingers, the dainty wrist;
The hands of a girl were what I kissed.
"Ad Manus Puellae" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

On Wrists, Inner Rebels Peek Out.
See how the Mayo Clinic fixed Jayson Werth's wrist problem.
Erin Turner and Philadelphia Phillie Jayson Werth compare notes on their wrist surgeries.
Holley Mangold competed despite a wrist injury.
Actor Kiefer Sutherland won't get a slap on the wrist for slamming his head into someone's face.
According to Williams, his wrist injury is a big factor.
I may be a total minimalist, but when it comes to bracelets, my wrists are always having a party.
Sony SmartWatch brings Android to a wrist near you.
It announced this morning he had surgery on the cut to his left wrist in Worcester.
Ohio State LB Zach Boren writes 'Bo' on his wrists, in honor of Schembechler.
Butler/Getty ImagesDeron Williams, playing with a sprained wrist, recorded a double-double against the Knicks.
Will slugger Jose Bautista have the same pop after undergoing wrist surgery last summer.
Public Citizen calls it "a slap on the wrist".
Wrist injury one of many reasons for Jimmy Graham's ' disappointing ' season: First-and-10.
Wrist injury plagues Gonzalez, again.
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In science:

There are many solutions for a spherical wrist with parallel structure.
The eel-like robot
By affecting the other 2 legs to the control of both universal joint rotations, we get the wrist represented in Figure 5.
The eel-like robot
Most serial wrists encountered in manipulators are provided with three revolute joints.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Jacobian matrices, and hence, n! distinct wrists.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
The Denavit-Hartenberg parameters of the eight distinct wrists are displayed in Table 5.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Note that the entry corresponding to not defined for a four-revolute wrist. Its value depends on how the z-axis of the task frame is defined.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
As a means to cope with singularities, redundant wrists have been suggested .
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
An extensive bibliography on the design of spherical wrists can be found in .
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Besides, in deriving isotropic spherical wrists, all we need is the second moment.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Also note that the set of points on the unit sphere leading to an isotropic architecture for a spherical wrist need not be laid out with the center of the sphere as its centroid, which is a condition found for points in the plane .
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
This three-revolute wrist is termed orthogonal because its neighboring axes make right angles.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Most serial wrists encountered in manipulators are provided with three revolute joints.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
It should be apparent that Remark 2: A set { ek }n 1 of unit vectors produces n! Jacobian matrices, and hence, n! distinct wrists.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Now, since it does not appear practical to design wrists with more than four revolutes, we limit ourselves, in the balance of the paper, to four-revolute manipulators, i.e., we set n = 4, unless otherwise stated.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
It is noteworthy that Table 4 includes a reflection about the x-y and the x-z planes, which amount to a 180◦ rotation about the x axis, and does not lead to a new wrist.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
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